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Webster University’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ Chess Teams Tie for First Place in 2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Chess Championship
Webster Now Advances to the Final Four of Collegiate Chess
ST. LOUIS, Jan. 2, 2013 – No. 1-ranked Webster University’s “A” and no. 3-ranked “B” chess teams tied for first place in the 2012 PanAm Intercollegiate Chess Championship – also known as the World Series of College Chess – last week at Princeton University. The top four schools will now advance to the College Chess Final Four, to be held April 6-7 in Herndon, Va. Since only one team per school can qualify for the Final Four, six players from Webster’s “A” and “B” teams will be selected to represent the University in the Final Four.
Webster’s “A” team was the top seed in the World Series of Chess, while the “B” team ranked third. Both teams are coached by Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar, World and Olympiad Champion, and director of SPICE, the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, at Webster University.
- Grandmaster Wesley So, Webster freshman, currently ranked No. 1 in the Philippines and No. 3 under 21 player in the world
- Grandmaster Ray Robson, Webster freshman, ranked No. 8 in the U.S. and No. 10 under 21 player in the world
- Grandmaster Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Webster freshman, ranked No. 3 player in Cuba
- Grandmaster Georg Meier, Webster sophomore, ranked No. 4 in Germany
- (Alternate) Grandmaster Manuel Leon Hoyos, Webster freshman, ranked No. 1 in Mexico and reigning U.S. Open Champion
- Grandmaster Anatoly Byhkovsky, Webster junior, ranked No. 21 in Israel
- Grandmaster Denes Boros, Webster junior, ranked No. 28 in Hungary
- Grandmaster Andre Diamant, Webster sophomore, ranked No. 12 in Brazil
- International Master Vitaly Neimer, Webster sophomore, ranked 46 in Israel